Mission typeCommunications
OperatorSES S.A.
COSPAR ID2013-026A
SATCAT no.39172
Mission duration15 years (planned)
7 years, 11 months, 10 days (elapsed)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeEurostar
ManufacturerEADS Astrium
Launch mass6,010 kg (13,250 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date3 June 2013, 09:18:31 UTC [1]
RocketProton-M / Briz-M
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 200/39
ContractorKhrunichev State Research and Production Space Center
Entered serviceAugust 2013
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeGeostationary orbit
Longitude40° West
Band91 transponders:
43 C-band
48 Ku-band
Bandwidth36 MHz
Coverage areaNorth America, Latin America, Europe, Atlantic Ocean
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SES-6 is a commercial geostationary communication satellite owned and operated by SES S.A.


Constructed by EADS Astrium, it was launched on 3 June 2013 at 09:18:31 UTC from Baikonour by Proton-M / Briz-M launch vehicle and carries 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders.[2] With 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band 36 MHz equivalent transponders (38 C-band and 36 Ku-band physical transponders), the 6,010 kg (13,250 lb) satellite has a design life of 15 years. It is built on the Eurostar-3000 satellite bus.[3]


The SES-6 satellite replaces the aging NSS-806 (launched on 28 February 1998 as Intelsat 806). It is nearly twice as large as NSS-806, with two C-band beams and has a total of five steerable Ku-band beams, including four beams for the Americas and one beam covering the Atlantic Ocean region.[3] The C-band beams cover the East Atlantic (Europe, North Africa) and West Atlantic (United States, Mexico, South America). The Ku-band beams cover East Atlantic (Europe, Iceland, Greenland), West Atlantic (Eastern United States, Eastern Canada) and Brazil.[4]

SES-6 offers 50% more C-band capacity for the cable community, and retain the unique capability to distribute content between the Americas and Europe on the same high powered beam. In addition, SES-6 offers a substantial upgrade to Ku-band capacity in the region with dedicated high power beams over Brazil, South cone, the Andean region, North America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, while also offering an innovative payload to support mobile maritime and aeronautical services on the highly demanded routes from North America, the Gulf of Mexico, across the North Atlantic and to Europe.[3]

Following the launch, SES announced a long-term capacity agreement to provide a new direct-to-home (DTH) platform in Brazil with Brazilian telecommunication group Oi, which would become the largest user of the new satellite.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Report. 14 March 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  2. ^ a b "SES-6 SATELLITE LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY WITH LARGE BRAZILIAN ANCHOR CUSTOMER" (Press release). SES. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Display: SES-6 2013-026A". NASA. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 12 April 2021. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "SES-6". SES. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

External links

  • SES - Official trade/industry site